Joe's a suburban convenience store clerk with big dreams of becoming a cowboy so he packs his boots and relocates to South Texas to learn from the real deal. His idea of the mythic cowboy is quickly shattered however when he finds himself holed up in a town that survives on a human smuggling trade.

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Joe
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Wes
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Travis
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Elysa
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Indio
Bum Phillips ...
Bum
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Cody
Chris Viteychuk ...
Neil
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Troy
Joe Fury ...
Felix
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Kenneth
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Travis Sr.
Jose Zapata ...
Tito
Bobby DeHay ...
Wyatt
Shane Patterson ...
Jake
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Joe's a suburban convenience store clerk with big dreams of becoming a cowboy so he packs his boots and relocates to South Texas to learn from the real deal. His idea of the mythic cowboy is quickly shattered however when he finds himself holed up in a town that survives on a human smuggling trade. A few nightmarish twists and turns and Joe's given the opportunity to live out his dream when a family of Mexican immigrants facing certain death need his help. Written by WJM

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The Western Isn't Dead, It's Waiting For The Smoke To Clear. See more »


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Cowboy Smoke was inspired by the Victoria immigrant tragedy, in which 19 Mexicans suffocated in a truck after being smuggled across the border. The movie was subsequently filmed on location at the Fagan Ranch which is 10 miles from where the tragedy occurred. See more »

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The opening credits were done in rotoscope animation to pay homage to the spaghetti westerns of the 1960s. See more »

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Follows Wesley Cash (2004) See more »

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Creative, fun, suspenseful - a true modern-day classic western
13 November 2008 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Cowboy Smoke is a solid modern-day western, fun to watch and a great homage to the classic spaghetti westerns of the 60s and 70s. The character of Joe (played by Mike Lutz) isn't your typical cool, calm and collected cowboy hero from the start. But through great directing and Lutz's solid acting chops, Joe transforms into a classic western character to be appreciated by any film-goer. The film has action, drama, suspense and a touching love story... not to mention a few laughs along the way.

I attended a sold-out screening of Cowboy Smoke at the Austin Film Festival after having seen the fliers posted around at the festival venues... and I'm happy to say I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the film. Strong directing, a talented cast, beautiful cinematography and score. Kudos to writer/director Moore and his team!


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